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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Harry Potter to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips

Fifty shades of auditioning: Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in 'Venus in Fur'© Bill Knight for theartsdesk

London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty National Theatre to the West End, the small powerhouses of the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida and out to the fringe theatres, it's hard to know which to turn. Our guide is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Below is our selection of the best plays on in London right now, with links to our reviews for further elucidation.

Albion, Almeida Theatre ★★★★  Mike Bartlett explores Englishness with enormous metaphoric zeal. Until 24 Nov

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Stockard Channing shines bright as a 1960s radical in family drama. Until 18 Nov

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★  Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned as Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winner. Until 30 Dec

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage.

Oslo, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Informative, gripping and moving American play about the Oslo Accords starring Toby Stephens.

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling.

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ Pain and pleasure in a starry erotic comedy. Until 9 Dec

Victory Condition, Royal Court ★★★★ Ballardian two-hander is a stylised account of a nihilistic reality. Until 21 Oct

Wings, Young Vic ★★★★★ Juliet Stevenson in Arthur Kopit's poetic drama about post-stroke aphasia astounds. Until 4 Nov

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